It’s always interesting when players are looking for new money. How they play and interact with teammates, coaches, and media varies. But typically you don’t want to begin your season on the wrong side of the best player on your team.
76ers star Joel Embiid sounded off on the officiating from his team’s game six outing against the Atlanta Hawks. ESPN’s Dave McMenamin reports that Embiid’s frustration showed as he wouldn’t even name Trae Young in his complaint.
The Atlanta Hawks have overperformed this season and a large part of that is due to the excellent work of Nate McMillan. Since he took over just prior to the All-Star break and he had the equal-best record in the Eastern Conference.
The Atlanta Hawks are in the middle of a fairytale run. This team, especially under interim head coach Nate McMillan, has shown character and fight which has led to it going further into the postseason than anyone would have predicted.
Because Collins is in a contract year, and it is believed he will be looking for a max this offseason, his performance is under a microscope. And unfortunately, when that happens, the bad performances are often remembered for much longer than the good ones.
He looked to be rounding back into shape during the Hawks’ first-round series against the Knicks, but started experiencing swelling that caused him to miss the first two games of Atlanta's series against the Sixers before the injury was announced.
In the era of super teams and ring culture, the grind and the process of progression often goes undervalued. Watching the journey of a team from the developmental stage through their ascension is rewarding and invigorating.